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Post Posted: Mon Apr 04, 2005 5:59 pm 
 

I guess my point to all this is that there are many people out there who just don't care, understand or can't be bothered with little details like shipping costs.  Which is why is must be so easy to "slam" buyers with high shipping fees - they just pay it and don't think twice.



That's it. Too many buyers just don't care and either ignore shipping costs or just pay whatever to get the item. This type of buyer mentality has doomed many "smart" buyers and has every graduate of the "how to make a profit on ebay" school charging $10 media mail to ship a copy of danger at dunwater or the classic will combine auctions at only $3 more.....so buying 4 ral partha blisters packs cost somewhere in the $15 range.

I don't mind a seller making a dollar or two on the shipping, but the ones that plainly use it to pad their profits rank....in my book, right up their with politicians and child molesters.

  

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Post Posted: Mon Apr 04, 2005 10:31 pm 
 

If you do not like the shipping costs do not bid!!

I do just that all the time, dealers who inflate shipping get less!


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Post Posted: Mon Apr 04, 2005 11:12 pm 
 

Bet Your Ass!!

I hate sellers who list a module for $5.00 or a H/C for $10.00 and then charge a $10.00 shipping fee.

Burns me up, Dammit!


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Post Posted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 4:28 am 
 

All this crap with shipping fees and overcharging for multiple purchases makes me laugh sometimes. I spend too much time on eBay . . . way too much time . . .

I know what items sell for on average and what the other resellers usually get for their items. That "book" on "how to make a million" on ebay won't help them in the long run -- at least not reselling RPG's. You will find -- over and over -- that the customers who buy 10 modules at once will usually come back and buy 10 modules again.

Are they really making more of a profit charging ungodly amounts for shipping? Are they sure of it? Have they ever tried keeping shipping rates fair for an extended period of time?

I think -- taken as a whole with many items sold - that you will find the average sale price much lower when sellers charge exceptionalal shipping (and don't discount or mimimally discount) for multiple purchases. And you risk negative feedback and alienating customers.  

But what do I know . . . . :roll:


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Post Posted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 6:53 am 
 

beyondthebreach wrote:All this crap with shipping fees and overcharging for muliple purchases makes me laugh sometimes. I spend too much time on eBay . . . way too much time . . .

I know what items sell for on average and what the other resellers usually get for their items. That "book" on "how to make a million" on ebay won't help them in the long run -- at least not reselling RPG's. You will find -- over and over -- that the customers who buy 10 modules at once will usually come back and buy 10 modules again.

Are they really making more of a profit charging ungodly amounts for shipping? Are they sure of it? Have they ever tried keeping shipping rates fair for an extended period of time?

I think -- taken as a whole with many items sold - that you will find the average sale price much lower when sellers charge exceptionalal shipping (and don't discount or mimimally discount) for multiple purchases. And you risk negative feedback and alienating customers.  

But what do I know . . . . :roll:

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Post Posted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 8:09 am 
 

I agree. I tend to spend a little bit of money on E-Bay :roll: , and almost all of it goes to sellers who charge fair amounts for shipping. I seldom get caught not looking at shipping, but sometimes I do, and when it happens I am angry at them and myself. But, I will not be screwed by the same seller twice, as I am one of those persistent bidders who will RUN from overcharging sellers.... :x


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Post Posted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 10:18 am 
 

In case some of my comments offended any sellers on the forum,... let me say that 95% of my transactions the shipping cost has been fair. It's the 5% that take advantage of the "spirit" of ebay, that I have problems with.

As said by others, if the shipping is listed and it is high... walk away. If the shipping isn't listed then ask the questions before bidding.

  

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Post Posted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 12:54 pm 
 

Ekim Toor wrote:As said by others, if the shipping is listed and it is high... walk away. If the shipping isn't listed then ask the questions before bidding.

Well and truly said. Best advise you could give.....


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Post Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2005 8:52 am 
 

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 57510&rd=1

When I looked at this lot I thought to myself "Geez this guy sure is charging a lot for shipping."  But then I figured, there are quite a few items there and I can see the shipping being a little higher than usual even with no box sets.  Then I noticed that he has listed different shipping costs for the auction.  At the top he states $13 and then later he states it is $14.  Honest mistake, he must have been tired at the time.

Then I looked at this auction:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... eName=WDVW

$11 for a handful of those little Traveller books???  I may not know a whole lot about shipping costs but this seems just a bit ridiculous.  Maybe he is using old silicon breast implants for packing material?  8O

  

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Post Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2005 9:18 am 
 

KingOfPain wrote:http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 57510&rd=1

When I looked at this lot I thought to myself "Geez this guy sure is charging a lot for shipping." But then I figured, there are quite a few items there and I can see the shipping being a little higher than usual even with no box sets. Then I noticed that he has listed different shipping costs for the auction. At the top he states $13 and then later he states it is $14. Honest mistake, he must have been tired at the time.

Then I looked at this auction:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... eName=WDVW

$11 for a handful of those little Traveller books??? I may not know a whole lot about shipping costs but this seems just a bit ridiculous. Maybe he is using old silicon breast implants for packing material? 8O


seems pretty excessive to me! you tried contacting him to confirm it? i don't live in the US, but would have been absolutely sure you can mail things of that size a lot cheaper? but then what do i know :D



  

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Post Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2005 12:39 pm 
 

killjoy32 wrote:
KingOfPain wrote:http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 57510&rd=1

When I looked at this lot I thought to myself "Geez this guy sure is charging a lot for shipping." But then I figured, there are quite a few items there and I can see the shipping being a little higher than usual even with no box sets. Then I noticed that he has listed different shipping costs for the auction. At the top he states $13 and then later he states it is $14. Honest mistake, he must have been tired at the time.

Then I looked at this auction:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... eName=WDVW

$11 for a handful of those little Traveller books??? I may not know a whole lot about shipping costs but this seems just a bit ridiculous. Maybe he is using old silicon breast implants for packing material? 8O


seems pretty excessive to me! you tried contacting him to confirm it? i don't live in the US, but would have been absolutely sure you can mail things of that size a lot cheaper? but then what do i know :D


Even if he was shipping flat rate priority ($7.70), he'd still pocket over $3 from shipping...but it's more likely he's shipping media mail, which would net him more than $5 shipping profit.  BTW, those books are heavier than you think, I just weighed 13 of them and it's nearly 3 lbs.

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Post Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2005 12:52 pm 
 

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seems pretty excessive to me! you tried contacting him to confirm it? i don't live in the US, but would have been absolutely sure you can mail things of that size a lot cheaper? but then what do i know :D


Even if he was shipping flat rate priority ($7.70), he'd still pocket over $3 from shipping...but it's more likely he's shipping media mail, which would net him more than $5 shipping profit. BTW, those books are heavier than you think, I just weighed 13 of them and it's nearly 3 lbs.

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Oh yeah, that's right.  I forgot that those 1st edition Traveller books were lead-lined.  :wink:   Cmon Mike, you are a seller and I have looked at the stuff you sell and I dont recall any of your shipping costs being that high.  Heck, you don't charge nearly that much for a boxed set and I know how you package those.

Just my opinion, but to me it is wrong.  I dont mind a seller making a few dollars extra off of me but I'm not getting ripped off paying $13 for what is most likely going to be shipped media mail.

  


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Post Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2005 2:21 pm 
 

If you win an ebay auction, are you obligated to pay for shipping?

ie, if you win a measly 2$ item, and the seller tries to charge you an exorbitant shipping fee, can you just pay them the purchase price and tell them to ship it to their dustbin? Could they claim you were a non-paying bidder? Could you force a retraction of negative feedback?

  

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Post Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2005 2:51 pm 
 

nn wrote:If you win an ebay auction, are you obligated to pay for shipping?

ie, if you win a measly 2$ item, and the seller tries to charge you an exorbitant shipping fee, can you just pay them the purchase price and tell them to ship it to their dustbin? Could they claim you were a non-paying bidder? Could you force a retraction of negative feedback?

Yes,

Sure, tell them whatever you want, but be ready for retaliation from them and from E-Bay,

Yes,

Not likely...........

NOTE: (IMO) If you bid on a listing and the shipping cost is clearly noted, or the listing states that you should contact the seller about shipping costs before bidding, then you have no grounds to complain, regardless of how rediculous SH may be.


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Post Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2005 3:00 pm 
 

Aneoth wrote:NOTE: (IMO) If you bid on a listing and the shipping cost is clearly noted, or the listing states that you should contact the seller about shipping costs before bidding, then you have no grounds to complain, regardless of how rediculous SH may be.


thats where i always fall down cos i never look - far too impulsive for my own good  :?



  

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nn wrote:If you win an ebay auction, are you obligated to pay for shipping?

ie, if you win a measly 2$ item, and the seller tries to charge you an exorbitant shipping fee, can you just pay them the purchase price and tell them to ship it to their dustbin? Could they claim you were a non-paying bidder? Could you force a retraction of negative feedback?


If it's clearly stated in the description, both ethically and legally I believe you are committed to paying.  I've bought $1 items before that the guy charged $5 shipping on (a single mini).  It all depends on what is exorbitant.  If the guy on the mini transaction had tried to slip another $5 in for a "handling" fee or something, I might have raised hell.  

On the other side, I've had buyers try to stiff me on shipping before.  Even though my shipping costs for single items are CLEARLY posted in the item descriptions, and I send them an invoice with the correct shipping, they'll send what they consider the "correct" payment and demand I ship.  I just wait them out.....they item isn't going anywhere until I get the full shipping amount.  I won't file an unpaying bidder on them to be nice (and since I have the first "installment" of their payment in hand), but the item isn't going anywhere until I have full shipping payment.  I find there are certain people that always do this, I guess it works enough that they have been rewarded for this behavior.  

I charge $4.50 for everything that can be fit inside a priority envelope....a priority envelope is a flat rate $3.85.  I also will pay for delivery confirmation on orders over $20, leaving me a whopping 20 cents profit on most of my transactions.  I've had buyers simply send me $3.85 since they "know" that is the price for shipping a priority envelope, not the $4.50 quoted.  At this point in time after so many years doing this, I won't even go into any spiel, I just calmly ask for the extra money and wait them out.  Works every time.

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Post Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2005 3:03 pm 
 

nn wrote:If you win an ebay auction, are you obligated to pay for shipping?

ie, if you win a measly 2$ item, and the seller tries to charge you an exorbitant shipping fee, can you just pay them the purchase price and tell them to ship it to their dustbin? Could they claim you were a non-paying bidder? Could you force a retraction of negative feedback?



Well, by the same token - I got some bad info from the post office and told a guy in Italy that the only way I could ship his item was for 18 bucks ... for a 5 buck book ... to which he replied, "sorry that's too much."  Luckily for me, I had been sending something else to Italy and the person was demanding 11 dollar air letter post - so I was able to offer that, and the person said "OK" ... but in that situation, even though the price I was charging was retarded high, it wasn't MY fault (I mean who chooses to live in a craptastic country like Italy ANYway) and I was about to get screwed out of the cash at the best, and negative feedbacked at the worst, from someone with a 2 rating.  Woops.  You can bet I won't bother shipping internationally to anyone with less than 100 rating from now on.

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Post Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2005 3:08 pm 
 

[quote="KingOfPain]
Oh yeah, that's right. I forgot that those 1st edition Traveller books were lead-lined. :wink:  Cmon Mike, you are a seller and I have looked at the stuff you sell and I dont recall any of your shipping costs being that high. Heck, you don't charge nearly that much for a boxed set and I know how you package those.

Just my opinion, but to me it is wrong. I dont mind a seller making a few dollars extra off of me but I'm not getting ripped off paying $13 for what is most likely going to be shipped media mail.[/quote]

No really King, I just weighed a bunch. they are heavy suckers!  

As a seller you are caught between the two camps of Charging Exact Shipping and Gouging on Shipping.  Most everyone falls somewhere in between to varying degrees.  I know a lot of people who charge exact shipping, more power to them, I've chosen not to go that route.  People that gouge on shipping, well I think it's reprehensible but they are only hurting themselves in the long run with repeat business.   The announcement came the other day that USPS will raise flat rate priority packages to $4.05 from $3.85....a 20 cents jump.  I'm sure my flat rate will also jump at least a quarter.  If that's too much for some people, I'm sure they'll shop somewhere else.  All consumers must be responsible for making informed decisions and learning to use the power of their pocket book when it comes to the marketplace and expenses such as shipping.  I've been guilty of overlooking shipping costs in my eagerness but learned from my mistakes (like the time I bid on about 10 items in Tonyas Ass Whap Shop and realized if I won them all my shipping would be close to $25).  

You know, there is also another maxim, that the CHEAPEST shipping is not always the BEST shipping.  You can sometimes save a buck in shipping prices but if the item gets there in a flat manilla envelope with no backing, you just screwed yourself.

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Post Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2005 3:10 pm 
 

nn wrote:If you win an ebay auction, are you obligated to pay for shipping?

ie, if you win a measly 2$ item, and the seller tries to charge you an exorbitant shipping fee, can you just pay them the purchase price and tell them to ship it to their dustbin


I think that is an interesting point. What if you pay for the item and tell seller to keep it and not ship it. I don't think he can list you as a non-paying bidder, you did in fact pay for the item. What the seller does with it after the fact if you instruct him after you pay for it, really is up to you the buyer, No? :?


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Post Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2005 4:09 pm 
 

I recently had a nasty surprise at the post office and thought I'd share this post as a warning to other newbie sellers (particularly Canadian ones, but I'm sure other countries have weasel-esque post offices as well).

As far as I know, we don't have the notion of "Media Mail" here.

In my first round of selling, I auctioned a couple of "Complete Book of..." books, and the shipping total cost came to $4.45 CDN, including the bubble mailer.  Standard Lettermail.  No problem, I believe I charged $4.50 USD, maybe it was a little too high, but close.

In my second round, I dropped the shipping cost to $4.00 USD, as I try to be as fair as possible to my buyers, and didn't want to overcharge them this time around.  This time I sold a DMG hardcover and a TSR Dragon Archive.  When I went to post, they told me they were too wide to ship Lettermail and would have to go Parcel Post, and the shipping cost suddenly more than doubled. :(

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